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Occupation San Diego Expands To Additional Downtown Location

Occupy San Diego began with a spirited march through downtown San Diego last Friday night.

The event highlighted the general discontent people are feeling about the nation’s economic and political situation. U.C. San Diego Sociology professor Issac Martin said it is interesting that the protesters share a lot of the same grievances.

UCSD Sociology Professor Issac Martin
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Above: UCSD Sociology Professor Issac Martin

“They’re upset about a lot of the same things, even though they don’t necessarily share a lot of the same solutions," said Martin. "That’s actually allowed many more people to see themselves in the movement and come join it. Then necessarily would’ve come if from the start the movement had a very clear policy demand.”

The march became an encampment in the plaza outside San Diego City Hall this past weekend.

Protester Frank Gormlie pointed at the tents, sleeping bags and signs all competing for space in the concrete square.

“And so you look around you, everything here is the result of a consensus process which is at the core of this movement," Gormlie said.

Occupy San Diego Camp at Civic Center Plaza
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Above: Occupy San Diego Camp at Civic Center Plaza

Gormlie was impressed at how the kids, as he calls them, put things together.

“We have all the things a little village has," said Gormlie. "We have a medical tent, two libraries, We have a free food line. We have a media tent. We have energy. Legal. So we have set up a little budding community within the cauldron of City Hall.”

And that little community gets hungry, several times a day, keeping volunteers at the food tent busy.

“Every race, creed, political affiliation, everybody just getting along," said Brent Burris. "You know, they’re here for the greater good. And it’s a beautiful thing.”

Sociology Professor Issac Martin said he’s impressed with the congenial relationship between the protesters and the authorities, but it remains tough to tell how long the occupation will last.

See more on the Occupy San Diego protest on Thursday's show.

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“There’s no sort of fixed duration for these things so there’s no way to predict how long it will last because it depends very much on how people react to the movement,” said Martin.

At some point people will drift away as the demands of their daily lives move up on their priority list, according to Martin.

Occupy San Diego is starting out a lot like the Tea Party movement did, and Martin said it could become an enduring political movement.

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HarryStreet | October 13, 2011 at 6:19 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

This form of protest is long in coming. I applaud them for their strength. They represent all of America in their dissatisfaction for how our government is running our country to rot (that includes both democrats and republicans, and tea party).

Even those of us with jobs are fearful of what will happen if our jobs suddenly disappear like so many. Where will we go? What will we do? Jobs are not paying living wages any longer and the government does nothing about this. Government spending is still out of control in all the wrong areas and it helps us not.

Education is unaffordable, healthcare is a mess! What is our future from here on?

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 13, 2011 at 7:39 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

I was going to comment, but David65 you expressed it perfectly. Well said!!

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